Although its no surprise that President Donald Trump is not seen in a favorable light by half the people in his own nation, a new poll from the Pew Research Center found that he was even more unpopular than some of the more controversial world leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
In a new poll, 83 percent of participants said they don’t trust Trump when it comes to world affairs. Only 16 percent opined they had confidence in him to do the right thing when it comes to international relationships. Six leaders were surveyed in the poll, out of which the POTUS received the lowest score, followed by Xi. 78 percent of participants expressed no confidence in him on world affairs, and Putin scored 73 percent of negative votes. The one to top the list was German Chancellor Angela Merkel who received 76 percent of positive votes. French President Emmanuel Macron also got pretty favorable reviews.
As most of the nations across the globe failed to present a collective global front against the coronavirus pandemic this year, a majority of participants surveyed in the 14 nations were under the impression that the impact of COVID-19 could have been mitigated in their respective countries had there been greater international cooperation. Even 58 percent of the people in the United States believed that had their country cooperated more with other nations, there would be a lower number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. Americans also said that their leader would have made compromises when it comes to the interests of other countries if there was an overall benefit in it.
And it was not only the people of the U.S. who had an unfavorable view of Trump, especially after how he chose to handle the pandemic situation. Among the 13 other countries, the U.S. received a median approval rating of 15 percent. Nearly three-quarters of adults in other countries believed that they had done a better job of handling the virus outbreak than the U.S. When it comes to the responses of the World Health Organization and the European Union, more than half of the respondents approved of the efforts put in by the organizations.
China was only slightly better with the nation receiving a 13-country median of 37 percent. However, the score is still more than double that of the U.S. Views about China continue to crumble among Americans as around eight in 10 are of the opinion that the Chinese government’s initial mishandling of the virus was to blame for the global outbreak and its eventual spread across the world. China should be held responsible for the role it played in the pandemic, at least half of the American participants in the survey believe, even f that meant worsening relations with the country. Nearly 40 percent on the other hand believed U.S. should be prioritizing strong relations with China overlooking the country’s alleged role in the outbreak.
Meanwhile, other nations named China as the world’s leading economic power, even as tensions between the U.S. and China continue to intensify.
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